Tuesday, April 27, 2021

McKee's Media - April 26, 2021

 


ARTICLES OF INTEREST TO TENANT ADVOCATES
(excerpted)

Extension of eviction moratorium?
David Cruz: Albany lawmakers introduce bill to extend moratorium on evictions through August 31 (Gothamist)

NYS Tenant Protections v. Landlords
Tom McParland: Attorney General Tish James defends NYS rent laws in federal court as landlords appeal judge's dismissal of their case (New York Law Journal)
Steven Wishnia: Harassed South Bronx tenants picket landlord's Brooklyn home (Tenant/Inquilino)
Noy Messinger: Barberry Rose tenants unleash rage on NYC's "second-worst landlord" (Tenant/Inquilino)
Fredrik Deboer: "Follow the damn law": Lawsuit targets NYC landlords illegally refusing vouchers (Tenant/Inquilino)
Ralph Ortega: Interview with former NYC Council Member Dan Garodnick about his new book on the fight to keep Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village affordable (City & State)

"Good Cause" eviction bill
Michael DeMasi: Statewide realtors group lobbying Albany Common Council against Mayor Sheehan's proposed good cause eviction bill (Albany Business Review)

Turning Hotels into Affordable Housing
Rebecca Lewis: Albany lawmakers negotiating bill for conversion of unused hotels and old office buildings into affordable housing (City & State)

Affordable housing still needed despite rent drops
Kriston Capps: After NYC exodus, number of apartments affordable to Section 8 voucher holders surged (Bloomberg CityLab)
Cordilia James: Brooklyn, Manhattan rental markets are on the upswing (The Real Deal)
Matt Troutman: Asking rents for 1-bedroom apartments drop the most near NYC subway stops (Patch)
Jake Offenhartz: NYC asking rents on vacant apartments keep falling. How long will it last? (Gothamist)

Tenants' right to sue out-of-state landlords in Small Claims Court
(no lawyer required)

NYS Senate passes Hoylman-Gottfried bill to allow tenants to bring claims against out-of-state landlords in small claims court

Right to Counsel - even upstate
David Lombardo: Upstate lawmakers secured massive increase in civil legal services funding (Capitol Pressroom) (AUDIO)

Mayoral Candidates and Housing
Fredrik Deboer: All NYC mayoral candidates call themselves pro-tenant at forum (Tenant/Inquilino)
Fredrik Deboer: Todos los candidatos a la alcaldía se llamen 'partidarios de los inquilinos' (Tenant/Inquilino)
Janaki Chadha: Morales distances herself from former employer amid pressure from housing groups (Politico NY)
Jarrett Murphy: "He's a bit of an enigma": What Eric Adams' development record & housing plan tell us (City Limits)

Zoning
Kathy Wakeham: SoHo/NoHo upzoning: Another rezoning for displacement (Tenant/Inquilino)
Kathryn Brenzel: Judge lifts restraining order, allows Gowanus rezoning proposal to move forward (The Real Deal)

Census means NY to lose 1 Congressional Rep
Ally Mutnick: Census Bureau to release first data from 2020 census, triggering redistricting cycle (Politico)
    

Ethics
Nick Reisman: State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli asks A.G. Letitia James to investigate Cuomo's book deal (NY State of Politics)
Jesse McKinley on A.G. investigation into Cuomo's book deal (New York Times)
Nick Reisman: Cuomo refuses to reveal how much he earned from book deal (NY State of Politics)
Chris Churchill: Andrew Cuomo's history of opportunism and lying (Albany Times Union OpEd) (MUST READING: Churchill nails Andrew)
Dan Clark: Liz Krueger says there is appetite for an ethics overhaul in Albany, possibly this year (WMHT New York Now)
Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Brooklyn Council Member Chaim Deutsch pleads guilty to tax fraud

State Budget 
David Brand: State budget restoration to court system will make it possible for older judges who were cut to return to their positions (Queens Daily Eagle)
Empire Report: Cuomo vetoes 36 legislative additions to the FY 2022 state budget

Other state issues
Nick Reisman: Single-payer health care bill advances in state legislature (NY State of Politics)
Denis Slattery: Albany lawmakers approve HERO Act, new COVID-inspired workplace protections (Daily News)

Albany and the Police
WNBC-TV: NY pols want to bar police departments from hiring "wandering officers" with history of misconduct (VIDEO)
New York Times: Here's what NYC mayoral candidates would do about the police

OTHER STATES
Irina Ivanova: Memphis tenants face eviction as courts strike down CDC eviction moratorium (CBS News) (VIDEO)
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/eviction-memphis-crisis-court-cdc-ban/

Jeremy Finley: Nashville landlords accused of illegal evictions (WSMV) (VIDEO)
https://www.wsmv.com/news/investigations/legal-aid-reports-cases-of-landlords-using-illegal-tactics-to-remove-tenants/article_1e2e6d9e-a3bc-11eb-9001-e7cb0f57a155.html

CNN: Federal judge orders Los Angeles to offer all homeless people on Skid Row in housing by October 18 (VIDEO)
https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/21/us/los-angeles-skid-row-housing-order/index.html

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